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and by contributions to this pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. laura: this is "bbc world news america." reporting from new york, i am laura trevelyan. u.s. history is a us bill in lawmakers agree to pump trillions into the economy to keep americans afloat during the coronavirus crisis. the massive spending comes as new york's governor says social distancing may actually be working. plus, getting close to home for the royal family. haprince ces has tested positive for the coronavirus. officials say his mild.toms are
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laura: for allonf you watching bs and around the globe, welcome to "world news america." the u.s. senate is moving forward with thege b stimulus package in the nation's history to rescue the economy from the impactrof the virus. $2 trillion will go to companies big and small and directly into the wallets of americans. rescue bill listed shares on wall street for the second day in a row, and ces as there are signs that social distancing here in new york be starting to empty streets in new york city as federal officials say this is a high-risk area and warned new yorkers not to travel and spread coronavirus. new york's governor has become a national figure during this crisis. he is calling for ventilators, predicting 30,000 will be needed when infections he also said that strict licies on social distancing may be working. gov. cuomo: the evidence suggests at this point that they have slowed the
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hospitalizations, and this is everything. laura: that is the trend the president wants to see. he is impatient for america to open up for business at easter. but as drive-through testing centers become the nross america, recording more and more cases, doctors and state to end social distancing.soon gov. newsom: i think april for california would be sooner than any ofalhe experts id to believe is possible. gov. pritzker: if you don't have these restrictions on, the damage that would be done, the lines that would be lost, t o overrunning health-care system would lead to real devastation. i'h'm very concerned about the president has said. laura: america's airports show the brutal impact of the coronavirus on the economy. on tuesday, the number of dpassengers being screene at u.s. airports was the lowest number the tsa has ever recorded. the biggest relief package in u.s. history that was announced
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on the senate floor early on inwednesday vital emergency cash to american workers and companies. sen. mcconnell:in strug americans will go to their mailboxes and find four-figure checks to helpith their bills. why? because the senate stepped up. sen. schumer: i say to the american people, help is on the way, big help, quick help. neil: hi, everybody. this ineil diamond, and i know we are going through a tough time right now. laura: as americans wonder what to do f thrount times from one musical legend revised his classic anthem. neds: ♪ hands washing h don't touch me i won't touch you ♪ laura: timely, practical advice inhis age of anxiety.
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neil: ♪ goodim never seemed so good ♪ laura: f a sense of the scale of the stimulus package, i spoke short time ago to th' bbcs katty kay and asked her just how large this plan actually is. katty: nearly $2 trillion with this one. back in 2008 at the time of the financial crash, you have the bank bailout. that was $700 billion. and then you have a stimulus pl the next year in 2009 that was $800 billion. even if you put those two together, you are below this one. there seems to be a bit of a hitch. americans have got neil diamond rewriting "sweet carole," but they don't have vote on this bill in the senate has some republicanenators have an objection includes money and provisions for people who are unemployed, and they are concerned that it might mean that people who earn low wages would be encouraged to get
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layoff to be unemployed because they would get more money if they were unemployed. couple of articles wrinkles tod out. hopefully americans will start getting chec in their pockets in the next couple of weeks. laura: is there any chance it doesn't go through katty you are talking about those wrinkles, and people on the left are also concerned. katty: yes, and senator bernie ilsanders, who is running on the presidency on the democratic side, said tict if the repus managed to water down the provisions for americans who are unemployed, the benefitsor americans who e unemployed, the poorest, as he calls them, he would be prepared to scupper the whole thing and not vote for it. this is an awful lot of money being put into the american economy, and both sides wa to make sure that it is spent in a way that theyeel agrees with eir political positions and
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their political priorities. the democrats have come a long way in the last few days in getting what theyn anted, a certount of accountability. they didn't want $500 billion of d this pumto big companies to go to share buybacks and ceo competition. they wanted to make sure that the trump family bses from this money imulus bill, rescue package. they managed to get those things, but there is this hiccup at the last minute over people who are unemployed and whether some republicans feel this would be too beneficial to them. laura: one millionalornians have just filed for unemployment insurance, katty. is it possible america will neus another stim bill before this thing is done? katty: it's interesting, listen to mitch mcconnell, nate majority leader, and he said something interebiing about this . he said it should not be called a stimulus bill. it is not going tomu ste anything. all this will do is put a safety
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net unr the american economy to prop it up. but the chances that this will teactually stimut into growing faster, that is unlikely. that is why people are looking itdown the track and sayins quite possible that we rescue the american economy with this one, but we might need to stimulate it into more growth further on, depending on how much damage is done. if president trump gets his way and the american economys reopened up f easter in april 12, perhaps the chances are that the american economy could start moving again. that has a whole lot ofbe cavea, use the medical price is that i and that would be economically damaging in the long run. but that is why he wants to ge the american economy moving again and i could have an impact on future stimulus packages. laura: katty kay reporting. as katty was noting, the passing of the stimulus measure was a rare moment of agreement in washington, and it could bolster the president's case he is
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handling the crisis well. last week mr. trump gave himself a 10 out of 10 for his performance, characteristically. it was a gala -- a recent gallup poll does not quite reach that level but it shows that 60% of americans approve of his handling of the crisis and his ovall approval rating reached 49%, his highest today. i spoke to ron christie, former advisor to george w. bush and a bbc analyst. i was about to ask you that the president was rising to the occasion, but i see he has just tweeted about lamestream media and how they want to keep him out of office by keeping the economy shut. ron: good evening to you, laura. the president could not help himself because he knew we would be talking about him at the 5:00 dur. what he was reassure the american people who question his ability govern that he has been a ubiquitous appearance on television, holding town halls
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and press conferences and trying to reassure the american people of the federal government is up to the task. the gallup poll that you just referenced from 6 of the american people think he is doing a very good job handling this crisis, so the american people by an overwhelming majority he is doing what he can to get us ba on track. laura: ron, when the president said that he wants america opened up by easter, is he going to be forced to walk that back not necessarily by doctors, but by republican lawmakers? ron: it all that has on the next two weeks. apri 12 is the day that the president, asioatty just med, would like america to be up and running again, easter holidays. it wil matter on what is going on in new york, illinois, here washington, d.c. of the hardest hit cities and states in america. yes, if the situation hasn't flattened with the spread of the wcoronavirus, ahave not had any indication affirmatively
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that this has president trump might be walking that one back. laura: this is an election year, and the president's tom carper, ---- the president's trump card, n intend, is the economy. now it is in trouble. can he recover by november? ron: hard to say. most economists believe we will have a corus position. how many quarters of negative economic growth do we have? a positive thing we have seen today, as you menponed at the ever, is that the last two days wall street has responded well, the first time since february 6 that we have not had another down day followed by a positive o dthe market it will depend on what are the doctors, nurses, first responders, do their efforts mitigate the spread of this disease? if they do, the american economy i have no doubt will come roaringla back. a: the president is sharing
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the political stage with the governors. how is that going for him? aron: i think it has be adjustment for him. the president clearly enjoys the himself.t and the spotlight to but i really do believe that if you look at how he has worked with the coronavirus task force ced the daily press confer and his outreach to california governor gavin newsom and governor cuomo in new york, the president is learning how to him in the pecking order, and you have heard from thejuwo governors referenced. they say the president is doing a good job. days and weeks and mont ahead, see more of that and less of the twitter we just heard mor moments ago. laura: ron christie, thank you. let's turn to the spread of the coronavirus. there are more than 450,000 cases worldwide. 61,000 of those are here in the united states. earlier i was joed by dr. ashish jha, director of the harvard global health institute. thanks for joining us.
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do you find it encouraging that the rate of hospitalizationor he in newseems to have slowed a little bit due to the social distancing? dr. jha: so we know that socorl distancing. it takes a couple of weeks after we put int'lace. i don'know that i find that much encouraging information from the rate of hospitalization. some of it is because we are teing more people.new york is still pretty far away from bending the curve on this disease. laura: when you look at what is happening in rural america, what trends are youeeing? dr. jha: o of the things we're seeing -- this is not surprising is that the disease is hitting the big cities first. people are more compact and more together. but we are starting to see the e disease starting to tf in other places as well across louisiana, grgia, worried about arizona, florida, other places. it will make it to rural america and i think it will be quite
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devastating to rural america if r arms around it. it will take a little bit of time. it starts in cities anspreads out. laura: is there any way that the social-distancing measures in new york should be eased by april 12 as the president seems to want? dr. jha: you know, i don't think is the righe strategy. i appreciate why the president wants it. being shut down is not great for the economy, it is hurting people, and i'm sympathetic to that. isthe problehat if you open up to early, not only do you harm public b healt you make it hard for the economy to recover as well. happening with disease what is prevalence and growth and testing and let those things dictate when we open up, not a necessarily ecific date. laura: should we have a national strategy and not thiswo pat that we are seeing across the country with different states doing different things? jhdr undoubtedly that would be very helpful.
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one of the things we know is at the virus does not respect national borders. state quarters.es not respect people in the u.s. are very mobile. itthey go fromto city, state to state. a state-by-ste strategy is not going to be ultimately successful. we need a national forest, national shutdown for a period of time, and opening up en we have t data that it is safe to do so. laura: as a doctor, what is worrying you the most about the coronavirus, when you sekiwho it is att? dr. jha: yeah, so one of the things that has been really clear in the u.s. is this is n t just a diseat affects one population. sly older people, peopl with chronic disease, people in need of compromise, have much--- immunocompromised, or at much greater risk. rebut weeeing young people and healthy people get sick and even die from the disease. ntit is really a very po
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disease. it is nothing like the f. it worries me that we have continued to ha to many people t take it seriously. laura: if the vaccine is he your way, are we stuck death a--if the vaccine iwea euro a, artuck with social distancing until then? dr. jha: i don' think the a yeay would put up with of the social distancing. oswhatexperts think is that social distancing for a short periode of tn be useful in suppressing the disease. then we have to have a very aggressive test, isolate, monitor strategy that probably will allow most of us to get our rmal life. not everything. we may have periods of time where we close of again, but they can be short, they can be targeted. we don't have to go through what if we have an aggrgh right now strategy. laura: dr. ashish jhach, thankso
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or being with us. in other news from around the world, the worst hit casntry in soutasia, malaysia, is extending its two-week lockdown as t number of infections continues to grow. last week it closed its borders and shut down all schools and nonessential businesses until end of march. that is being extended until the 14th of april. riot police are being deployed in australia to enforce strict social-distancing goals. op in new south wales faceim fine or jailif they are caught breaking regulations. the penalties also apply to those who refuse to self- quarantine. you are watching "bbc world news america." still to come on tonight's times in spain, as the country's death toll overtakes that of china. russian president vladimir putin has postponed a nationwide vote
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on constitutional change athat would haowed him to extend his rule due to the worsening situation regarding the coronavirus. russia's total number of cases reached 658ne on way, with a record daily rise. here is the s bbc'sve rosenberg in moscow. steve: when you consider that russia is such a huge cout ry, the larguntry in the world, and the number of confirmed coronarus cases are in the hundreds compared to the tens of thousands in italy, is que a surprise, and those official figures have been met with a degree of skepticism. hower, i spoke to a doctor this week who said that, firs of all, not enough people are being tested, so that is one reason the figures are lowe . the also concerns that perhaps the tests being used are not sensitive enough. i get the feeling in the last few days that from what russian officials arem saying fat
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the moscow mayor has been to recognize now that this isg potentially a big problemn russia. the moscow mayor yesterday said that the serious situation was developing in the russian capil. he himself said that the real number of coronavirus cases is probably far greatern te official figures. we have seen a whole ream of measures announced in recent days. from tomorrow in moscow, anyone over 65 will hmee to stay at or the next few weeks. andt one thing tesident putin said in his television address today was that russians shouldn't just rely on hoping that everything will work out in the end. they should reize that this is a serious thing and they should make surehathey listen to what the doctors are saying and whathe authorities are saying.
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laura: more people in spain have died from the coronavirus than in china. 700pl p died in the last day. the country is seen 3,400 fatalities. this comes as spain remal s der virtckdown. our correspondent damian grammaticas reports from drid. damian: on a dark day for spain, hta sobering s van after vanbo carryines of virus victs. his is madrid's biggest ice rink. it has been requisitioned to hold the dead. they needed. they are so many now. arriving at spanish hospitals are more and more cases. infections lving every day. more than 5000 medical staff have fallen sic too. so part of spain's gent efforts are these new rapid testing centers specifically for those in the
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front ne. a nurse fears she has the virus. a colleague has appeared the--a colleague has it. the swabs are iasive, unpleasant. she is worried she h family she might've infected, too. >> i'm very worried, especially for my family and my patients. at home i stay in one room, isolated,o myself for my mptoms alo. damian: teh wh-- the whole of spain has mobilized to fight the virus. tanker load of chemicals arrives on an army base inside of madrid. inside they are making hand sanitizer, gallons and gallons of it, to supply hospitals, so great is the demand. >> what we are doing is very important. we do what we can to solve the crisis. damian: so in this battle, it is not bullets this military production line is making, but
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medicines to replenish stocks that areeing used up fast. and this is it, coming off the production line. ryspain's milita have put down their guns, and their weapon of choice in this fight now. and across spain, people everywhere are getting invold, too,ro designing and pcing the goggles doctors are so short of. thoset stuck a home sewing facemasks for the elderly. here, a nurse posts of thank-youit for the protective visor handmade for the peop protecting the spital. every night in eve city, town, and village across spain, acknowledgment of the bravery and sacrifice the medics are making. the atund of a grateful damian grammaticas, bbc news,
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madrid. laura: now to the u.k., where prince charles has tested positive for the coronavirus. royal officials say his s aptoms are mi he is otherwise in good health. the duchess of cornwall has also been tested but sh' doesn' have the virus. here is our royal correspondent nicholas witchell. nichol: for called today. the prince of wales is home in the scottish highlands. it is here that the heir to the british throne is self- olating, as is his wife. ghthey arrived sunday he was aeady showing mild symptoms. ayhe was tested mothe results came through last night. in a statement, clarence house said, "the prince of wales has tested positive for coronavirus. has been displaying mild symptoms but otherwise is in good health and has been working through home- rking from home through the last few days as usual. the duchess of corenall has also tested, but does not have the virus."
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scotland's chief medical officer adstressed that the prince been tested in line with normal procedures. >> he was sted for clinical reasons. i am pleased also that he is very well, and as with many people who have had this virus from has had a mild illness. hundreds of people over recent weeks. on the sixth of march he was still shaking hands quite freely. on the ninth of march he was at westminster abbey with the queen. handshaking was out. charles adopted the indian namaste greeting instead. datw after that he was evidently having difficulty remembering the no-handshaking rule. ats that stage it ill something to laugh about. on the 12th of march, the prince was atacuckingham pfor investiture. he also briefly met the queen. buckingham palace issually prettyn staring w comes to information about the health of seni members of the royal family. on this occasion tqu palace was k to say that the queen remains in good health.
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the queen left buckingham palace last week for windsor, where she has been joined by the duke of edinburgh. according to the palace, all opriate advice is being followed to shield them from the virus. nicholas witchell, bbc nals, buckinghame. laura: the coronavirus knows no boundaries at all. before we go tonight, a quick recap of our headlines. u.s. lawmakers are set to approve a $2 trillion emergency package aimed at propping up the wall street is taking all of the good news it can at thent. stocks traded mostly high for a second straight day, with the the nasdaq closed lower.ts. wall street is braced for tomorrow's unemployment figures. spain s reached a grim milestone. the country recorded more than 700 the fatalities in the past day, pushing and armut china in of total deaths. i am laura trevelyan.
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captioningponsored by wshour productions, llc >> woodruff: good evening. i'm judy woodruff. on the newshour tonight: a nation on the brink. as cases of covid-19 surge across the country, new york emerges as a world epicenter of the rus, and the president faces increasing pressure to nationalize production of life-saving medical equipment. then, congress and the white house move to an agreement on a $2 trillion rescue package to revive the u.s. econowe. reak down what's in, what's headed, with speakthee money is house nancy pelosi. plus, life in the emergency room. what doctors are seeing from the front lines, with the
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pandemic on track to overwhelm our medical infrastructure.

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